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"An Ode To Himself"
Transcript of "An Ode To Himself"
"An Ode To Himself" Biography Analysis of "An Ode To Himself" Born June 11, 1572 in London, England
English playwright, cergymen & poet
Educated at Westminster School
Married Anne Lewis
Died in 1637 Paraphrase: Johnson is saying don't write poetry for money. One should do it because you enjoy writing it. This is shown when he says "What though the greedy fry Be taken with false baites orded balladry" Johnson advices that just because one is good in writing poetry, it does not mean that you have to stop writing it. On the contrary, you need to keep writing poetry. Ben Johnson expressed his message through a tone of frustration. He expresses his frustration discussing how people write poems for money and not because they like it. He feels that people lost their love for writing poems. himself and other poets in society that face this same situation. Tone: His tone is frustration. Johnson feels frustrated by the fact that people are writing poems for money and that they have lost their love for writing poems. Thus they don't enjoy writing it. Figurative Language
Allusion: "Are all th' Aonian springs
Dried up? lies Thespia waste?"
He's alluding to the Aonians, which is
a region of Greece. Thus sacred to the Muses.
When he says "Dried up" he's asking if there are
no more good ideas left in the world is there
nothing left good to write.
Personification: "Knowledge that sleeps doth die"
He's personifying knowledge because knowledge does not really sleeps nor die. Speaker himself Audience By: Awilda Rodriguez